Chinese associations and guilds are joining MCA in rejecting the proposal to implement the hudud law in Kelantan.
MCA and the organisations unanimously resolved to reject the move, as proposed by PAS through a Private Member’s Bill to be tabled in Parliament, said party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
The party respected the late Karpal Singh’s spirit against the implementation of hudud and urged DAP to “learn from him”.
“The DAP should stop playing politics over this matter as it affects the public.
“The people are wise and can judge for themselves how this matter is handled,” said Liow after holding a dialogue with 53 representatives from Chinese guilds and associations at Wisma MCA yesterday.
On Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek’s criticism of the current party leadership in managing the hudud issue, Liow said the stand of the party was clear.
“We unanimously object the Bill as it will disrupt the harmony and unity of our multi-racial society,” he said.
When pressed to respond to Dr Chua accusing the current leadership of being “weak and helpless”, Liow said: “He is my past leader. He can say anything he likes. That is history.”
According to reports, PAS planned to table the Bill in the next Dewan Rakyat meeting in June to start the ball rolling for the hudud law to be imposed in Kelantan.
MCA had urged the DAP to leave Pakatan Rakyat if it failed to stop PAS from pushing its hudud agenda.
On the Bukit Gelugor seat, which fell vacant after MP and DAP stalwart Karpal died in a car accident near Gua Tempurung along the North South Expressway on April 17, Liow said MCA would decide whether to contest the seat or otherwise.
The party will deliberate with Barisan Nasional component parties about the seat in its meetings. A consensus on the seat will be sought.
Barisan Nasional secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor had reportedly said the seat would be contested by MCA as the constituency consisted of 74% Chinese voters.